FIFA Women's World Cup city profile: Grenoble
The Westfield Matildas will travel to a picturesque location for their third and final Group C match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup when they face Jamaica on 19 June AEST.
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Grenoble’s aptly named Stade des Alpes will host the Australians who will hope they have their progression to the knockout stages all tied up before this clash.
Read on to learn about this remarkable city and its history with the beautiful game.
About the city
Grenoble can be found right at the foot of the French Alps and is the largest city in the wider Alps region in Southern Europe with a population of 160,000.
The city’s history can be traced back all the way to the Gallo-Roman era some 2,000 years ago and boasts some well-preserved historical buildings such as La Bastille, several auditoriums and the famous Museum of Grenoble.
This unique city is not trapped in the past however, becoming a hub for scientific research in European recent years as well as leading the way in the fields of glove-making and hydropower.
Stade des Alpes
This modern ground is the home of both football and rugby in Grenoble and is situated at the foot of the picturesque French Alps.
The 20,068-capacity venue was opened in 2008 and has played host to both France’s women’s and men’s teams in its decade of existence.
In 2016 it was chosen to host the French Women’s Cup final which saw Lyon defeat Montpellier 2-1.
Grenoble Foot 38 is the local side with a women’s and men’s side, both playing in their respective second tiers.
Founded in 1892 and known simply at GF38, they wear a blue and white strip.
While both the women’s and men’s side have been deprived of any major honours they have provided opportunities to many promising young players down the years including French international and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.